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Breathing in I calm my body. Breathing out I smile. Dwelling in the present moment, I know this is a wonderful moment.

Thich Nhat Hanh

Private Mat and Aerial Yoga Sessions

55-minute Private Classes start at $85.00/hour for one, $15 for each additional person. Email or call 802.362.9004 for pricing and to schedule your private session.

Private Yoga is an invaluable tool for students of all levels and experience. Suffering from back pain? Brand new to yoga and want to ease into practice one-to-one? Want to build on what was taught in class? Planning on running a marathon? Want to ski into your 80′s? Private lessons provide the perfect setting to address your goals and work on areas of individual interest. Private Yoga can help you deepen your practice, gain confidence, answer questions, provide guidance, and help you develop a home practice tailored to your individual needs.

Some reasons to consider private yoga instruction:

  • Prefer private setting over a class setting.
  • You are healing from an injury or have a physical limitation and want to learn how to “adapt” your practice at home or in class. (Examples include learing how to modify poses, and using chairs, straps and blocks for support.)
  • You are healing from an illness and want a restorative gentle practice.
  • You want to develop a personalized practice for home.
  • You want have questions about structural alignment.
  • You have questions about breathing and meditation.
  • You would like to know more about Yogic Philosophy.
  • You are pregnant and want to know how to modify in group classes or get individual attention.
  • Our class schedule does not mesh with your available time to practice yoga.
  • You are celebrating a special event and want to have a private yoga class with friends.

Having a special event? For a birthday or bridal party, a girls-night-out, a men’s group, corporate training, teambuilding or family reunion, email or call 802.362.9004 for pricing and to schedule your private session.

Call 802.362.9004 or email to schedule your private session with:

BobPersonal Coaching with Bob Speck, E-RYT® 500, Owner

Personal Coaching with Bob Speck

One-on-one personal coaching designed for you! Whether your intentions are to find peace of mind, to open your heart, to increase strength and flexibility, or to build personal power, I am here to help guide and support you and your intentions.

Heart of the Village Yoga Teaching – We’ll work together to develop practices which are relevant to you and your current life situation. Whether you’d like to learn about Power Yoga, Vinyasa Flow Yoga, Restorative Yin Yoga, Aerial “Anti-Gravity” Yoga, Adaptive and Trauma-Sensitive Yoga, Yoga Nidra, or Bhakti Yoga, I’ll help you develop your practice. Usually, we’ll start with breathing exercises and mindfulness-based practices to focus our attention on what’s important.

Bringing Heart to Life Coaching – Often times, our struggles in life can be shifted by how we see things – our perspective or point of view. Practices based on yoga teachings can help us reduce our stress and struggles and help us find lasting happiness and peace of mind. I’ll guide you through my Four Perspective approach to help you find your way and stay on course.

Functional Strength Training – I’ll work with you to develop specialized training programs designed for your body and your highest aspirations. Whether your intentions are to be more lean, to feel more at ease, to be stronger, or to perform better, I will coach you through body-weight and functional-strength-building routines, weight-training methods, and day-to-day training programs, all of which are designed to progress over time to help you exceed your dreams!

Personal Coaching Session Fees: 

  • $85 – 1 class ($15 each additional person up to 5)
  • $400 – 5 classes ($15 each additional person up to 5)
  • $750 – 10 classes ($15 each additional person up to 5; $650 base rate for subsequent 10 classes purchased successively-use Coupon Code: 10PACK10 at checkout)

Heart of the Village Yoga Clients with a 3-month membership or 10 Class Card:

5 Pack: $270 for one-on-one coaching including 5 studio coaching sessions and online support.
10 Pack: $480 for one-on-one coaching including 10 studio coaching sessions and online support.

Ask about our sliding-scale options for Young Adults and Local Residents.

Email Bob to arrange personal coaching sessions with Bob at Heart of the Village Yoga.

Bob Speck is a Registered Yoga Teacher (EYT-500), Certified Personal Trainer and Functional Strength Coach. Bob has been practicing yoga for about 20 years, receiving his 500-hr accreditation through Beryl Bender Birch (The Hard and The Soft Yoga Institute) in 2016. Bob has also studied with Eoin Finn (Blissology Vinyasa Flow Yoga); Mathew Sanford (Adaptive Yoga); Biff Mithoefer (Yin Yoga); Sean Johnson (Bhakti Yoga), Manoj Chalam (Hindu Archetypes and Deities); Gaura Vani (Bhakti and Kirtan); Coby Kozlowski (Kripalu Yoga); Nikki Myers (Y12SR), Terry Fralich (Mindfulness), and Love Your Brain. He enjoys creating learning experiences which build supportive relationships, promote health and wellness, bring out the best in people, and provide ways for students to connect with the outdoor natural environment.

An athlete and outdoor enthusiast for his whole life, Bob is also a graduate of the National Outdoor Leadership School (Outdoor Education), Project Adventure (Adventure-Based Counseling), and is a PSIA/AASI Certified Ski, Snowboard, and Adaptive Instructor. He is also an ACSM Certified Personal Trainer, a Certified Functional Strength Coach (with Mike Boyle Strength & Conditioning), and a Pain-Free Performance Specialist (with Dr. John Rusin). Bob has taught skiing and snowboarding for over 40 years, and has worked in the ski industry as a snow-sports school manager, staff trainer, and regional clinician. He has also been instrumental in the development of health and wellness and mentoring programs for disabled veterans in association with the Wounded Warrior Project and Warriors Live On, and with various adaptive sports programs. He has facilitated numerous educational workshops, led bike trips and backcountry hiking expeditions, coached various sports, mentored numerous athletes, and taught middle school health education.

Bob was previously a structural/architectural engineer and timber-frame home designer for over 35 years. Throughout his career, he has been a mentor for young professionals, helping many thrive in their careers. After moving to Vermont in 1996, he focused his work on sustainable design and timber framing by maintaining a small private practice called Gaia Structures. He maintains a lifelong Earth-friendly perspective in his work and in his life. Bob keeps a personal learning journal on his blog: A Mentor Walks With Me. Find testimonials and more information here.

Jo Kirsch, E-RYT® 500, Owner/Director

Jo KirschJo’s been practicing yoga for 26 years and teaching for 16. She is certified to teach yoga at the 500 Hour level through the Yoga Teacher’s Alliance and the Hard & the Soft Yoga Institute.

Jo’s initial yoga teacher training was in Astanga yoga with Beryl Bender Birch. Since that time, Jo has been certified to teach Adaptive Yoga by Matthew Sanford, Trauma Sensitive Yoga by David Emerson, Yoga Nidra by Jennifer Reis, Yoga of 12 Step Recovery with Nikki Myers and Yin Yoga with Biff Mithoefer. Jo has a deepening love and appreciation for Bhakti Yoga and finds her heart cracking wide open as she studies and practices with Manoj Chalam,  and Sean Johnson and the Wild Lotus Band. Her studies also include Iyengar and Anusara yoga, with many amazing, inspiring, loving teachers.

Jo’s personal experience with Post Traumatic Stress  (PTS) inspired her to work with individuals with PTS, to help them manage their stress and heal. Jo’s practice informs her teaching. She’s found that everyone benefits from learning and practicing coping skills to help manage personal stress. She greatly values and teaches stress reduction techniques including posture practice, meditation, focused breathing, and yoga nidra in her yoga classes.

Jo is also a certified professional ski instructor who loves to ski and share her passion for the sport with others. An lifelong learner who subscribes to experiential education, Jo finds that a balanced combination of physical activity, being in nature, practicing the different limbs of yoga, and eating well, leads to a spiritual, mental and physical life of health and happiness. She loves to share these practices with friends, family, and individuals who are in search of healing and happiness.

Alexandra Langstaff, RYT® 500

Alexandra Langstaff

Although more well known for her work with children, Alexandra Langstaff has also led programs for adult learners for skiing, dancing and yoga. (Not all at the same time!) Because of her patient and playful teaching style plus an interest and knowledge about bodies in motion she provides a relaxed and safe learning environment.

Her yoga studies through the talented teachings of Jo Kirsch and Lu French amongst others, including Circus Yoga Training at Kripalu, allow her to approach yoga practice in a fun and conscientious way.

Alexandra has a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education, a Masters degree in Creativity Studies and spent 20 years in the international ski industry developing training materials for instructors. She has had the opportunity to direct, choreograph and perform with her own dance company, “Soulspeak”, as well as many other regional and international companies and groups. Her “Hullabaloo Danceshop” classes, workshops, products and presentations have been spotted globally.

Tiny Talk: Zoo Zen a yoga story for kids

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Retrograde: A pleasant 17 minute class for any time of day.

 Retrograde Flow from Alexandra Langstaff on Vimeo. … read more +